The Custom of Carrying the Bride Over the Threshold
Giving the Bride Away and other Bridal Traditions
The tradition of
carrying the bride over the threshold seems at first glance
to be a simple romantic gesture, and is thought of in that way today,
but it has a much more dubious history. The origins
back to the custom of some tribes who had no available women and who
had to go and kidnap women from neighboring villages. The
chosen woman would be literally, and forcibly, swept off their
feet and carried away.
This also explains the
tradition of the
best man, as it would be necessary not to do this alone. The
groom (or lets call him the kidnapper in this case) would choose the
best man he knew for the job. Scarey really, isn't it!
custom of carrying the bride acrss the threshold is also
in the superstition which says that the bride will receive bad
luck if she falls at the entrance of her new marriage home.
A similar alternative says that the bride will be unlucky if
enters her new home with her left foot.
Away the Bride
antiquity, daughters were considered to be the property of their
parents. When the time came for a daughter to marry,
when the wedding was approved by father, he
transferred the ownership of his daughter to the
groom. Today the act of giving away the bride to the groom at
altar symbolizes the blessing of her parents with regard to the
Custom of the Bride being Positioned to the Left of the Groom at the
custom is due to the fact that, when the bride was kidnapped, the groom
afraid that her relatives would come to rescue her.
groom woud need to keep his right hand free therefore in case he had to
reach for his sword. Thus the bride would be
the other side of his sword arm, in other words on the groom's left.
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